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Dena Wells Wilson

Age Group (If you are a caregiver/family member please check Caregiver/Family Member)
Adult: 21 and over

Describe your art here - type of art, techniques and materials used, what your art represents and what it means to you.

To My Tumor, where’s the #Hashtag, Humor?
How did you get in?
Through a bend in my skull, my scalp, my skin?
I don’t know why, I don’t know when
But notify your next of kin, and say goodbye

I used my head and hired a spy
Capital MRI spotted you in my space
Where you reached my speech, in my Broca place
A disgrace, it’s grizzly how you’re busy
Making me dizzy

Forcing free reign
Draining my 3 lb brain is plain insane
I’m perplexed, how you vex my Cerebral Cortex
What’s next is complex

It affects the family, fear is a factor of the quality of life after
I get the approval for your removal
You can take my vanity, my sanity is not for sale
A sound mind will prevail

You can scar me, but scars don’t scare me, I’m better for wear
I’ll share my war wounds while singing I Tunes
Dancing a jig while wearing a wig, weave if need be
Bear with me, I need to vent
This could prevent me from playing my instrument
I’m fearing for my hearing

The threaten to deafen me, with your weapon to worry me
It won’t work well, I will tickle the keys from memories if my ears fail

Furthermore to settle the score
You will restore my olfactory back to me
I will stop and smell the roses I pick when I’m sick
Where’s the road with the yellow brick?
I’m on my own
When I’m out alone, I will remember how to get home
At least If I’m lost, a relapse, there’s apps
Map quest, I guess
You can grow, but you can’t hide in my head and reside
Your free ride is over, read the full disclosure,
It’s nonfiction, it’s your foreclosure and Eviction

Please include your age, tumor type and date of diagnosis (patients & survivors only) and let us know how art has impacted your life.
My name is Dena Wells Wilson. I was diagnosed with two Meningioma brain tumors on July 11, 2018 at the age of 53. The lemon size Tumor causing dizziness and seizures, was removed on August 17, 2018. I continue to have Regular MRI’s to check for growth of the smaller one in a more difficult region of the brain.
I have more clarity and especially enjoy writing now , since getting tongue tied typing is not a thing. I say this because I suffer with a form of aphasia.
When I’m not writing or playing the piano, I can be found feeding my fascination with nature’s cures and Blue Zone living. My happy place is in my garden watching the goldfish in the pond, since I can’t have a pet dolphin, my animal crush.

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